Should the Wake County school board hold off on adopting the new student assignment plan on Tuesday?
As noted in today's article, the recent election results could mean a new Democratic majority would take office Dec. 6 whose members have raised concerns about the details of the current plan. If Republicans still maintain control, four new members would take office in less than two months.
School board vice chairman John Tedesco said he, board chairman Ron Margiotta and Superintendent Tony Tata agreed Wednesday to leave the vote on the plan on the Oct. 18 agenda. Tedesco said they need to follow Tata's timetable to have it ready for implementation in the 2012-13 school year.
But new board member Jim Martin said the current board should consult with them before voting on the assignment plan. He pointed to how the new members in 2009 were upset that the outgoing board went ahead with plans for Forest Ridge High despite the concerns raised by the incoming members.
Tedesco argues there's a difference between delaying a decision that affects one high school site and one that would affect the entire county. He said a delay in adopting the new assignment plan would only hurt parents..
Board member Kevin Hill, whose future hangs on a likely Nov. 8 runoff, said the board hasn't had enough discussion as a body or had enough public input to vote on the plan yet. He says one public hearing isn't enough.
If the plan is adopted Tuesday, you might see the new board trying to change it. Michael Alves said that, depending on the type of changes adopted, it might delay implementation by a year.
Alves was rehired last month by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce to help the school system implement the new assignment plan..